Evangelical Christians Split on How to Handle Evolution

first_imgA dismal picture of controversy dividing Christian brother against brother, with no resolution in sight, is painted by Paul Nussbaum in the Philadelphia Inquirer.  He says evangelical Christians are not monolithic in their opposition to evolution, but as divided as much of the rest of the nation.  He quotes a spokesperson for the American Scientific Affiliation, a group of scientists who lean toward theistic evolution and old-earth creationism, saying:No topic in the world of science and Christianity has created the intensity of discussion and disharmony with evangelicals as the source of biological diversity.  Today’s spirited discussion often pits Christian vs. Christian and scientist vs. scientist.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The article touches on some of the approaches for integrating Christian faith and evolution, including young-earth creationism, intelligent design, theistic evolution, and the view that science and religion represent non-overlapping realms of truth.    One evangelical certainly not conflicted over evolution is Lee Strobel, former atheist and now host of Faith Under Fire and author of The Case for a Creator.  Interviewed by Christianity Today, Strobel argues that no compromise is necessary; science backs up faith. Nussbaum allowed David Wilcox (Eastern U) to get away with a horrendous straw man argument.  Wilcox puts words into an imaginary student’s mouth when facing evolution in biology class: “Why do I have to learn this stuff – don’t you know that God hates science?”  Good grief.  Has anyone outside an insane asylum ever said that?  In response, Wilcox triumphantly touts theistic evolution as the winner with this half-truth: “God doesn’t hate science – he invented it.  We try to get them to see that evolution happened and it’s not so scary… that evolution is the way God did it.”  Well, if Nussbaum’s intent was to make this proponent of “evolutionary theism” make a fool of himself, he succeeded.  Runner-up was Ken Miller again with this borderline blasphemous straw man: “Their [the creationists’] God is like a kid who is not a very good mechanic and has to keep lifting the hood and tinkering with the engine.”  Who’s he kidding?  It’s the Darwinists who worship Tinker Bell (see 03/11/2005 commentary).   Other than that, Nussbaum’s article is fairly balanced, though gloomy.  He seems to see the most light in the two compromise views that will never work, theistic evolution (an oxymoron) or non-overlapping domains (a false dichotomy).  The main flaw in the article is the covert treatment of evolution as science instead of religion.  That is the hidden assumption in much of secular reporting.  It must be exposed for what it is: a big lie.  Therapy requires mastering the Baloney Detector, then reading all the chain links on Darwinism and Evolutionary Theory in these pages.  Follow-up treatment can include digesting our online book.    The evangelicals who are not gloomy and conflicted are the young-earth creationists and intelligent design people.  Most of them are vibrant, motivated, excited, passionate, interested, and devoted.  Maybe they’re onto something.  Read this, especially the first bullet item.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Israeli Defense Force Responds To Criticism Of Games On Its War Blog

first_imgThis is the meat of the IDF’s explanation:“In no way is ‘IDF Ranks’ meant to gamify Operation Pillar of Defense or any military actions during the operation. We embarked on the operation for serious reasons – Israeli civilians have been the target of rocket fire for over a decade – and we continue to see it with the utmost seriousness.”I take that response very seriously. But I’m genuinely surprised that the decision to turn IDF Ranks back on did not strike anyone as unserious. As I’ve tried repeatedly to make clear, I thought the initial social media campaign was quite seriously executed. It was well done. It captivated the media and steered the conversation. Then the game knocked it off the rails. “The IDF blog itself was launched in 2009 and is not a ‘war blog,’ but rather a site meant to encourage transparency and provide breaking news regarding events in the area,” the IDF says.Surely that was the original intent, but that changed on Thursday when it became a live blog for an ongoing attack. And again, just to be clear to critics, I did not find that practice inherently problematic. I found it interesting and mostly successful.“During Operation Pillar of Defense we provide our readers with news updates and operational information regarding IDF actions. In other times, though, the blog has hosted varying content, from reports about routine activities to more lighthearted personal stories. It is this content that ‘IDF Ranks’ was meant to promote.”Yes, I’m sure it was, but the IDF turned the game off at the outset of Operation Pillar of Defense, and then it turned the game back on. When asked why this happened, the IDF offered this explanation:“Over the past two days the blog has experienced technical difficulties due to high traffic, and ‘IDF Ranks’ was temporarily taken down to make necessary adjustments to our systems.”I was on top of the live-blog story very early, and I never saw a trace of any game components until 36 hours or so after the campaign began. It’s plausible that the IDF took it down for traffic reasons at a very low level of traffic, but, if I may editorialize just a little, I’m suspicious of the answer.I followed up to ask why the game was turned back on and got this response.“We turned it on because it is an integral part of the blog and has been for four months. After the site was briefly down because of the spike in traffic, we isolated it as a potential factor and, once we rectified the technical difficulties, brought it back up again.”If you say so. Whether this is the entire explanation or not, we can certainly conclude that running a fun game on a live blog about serious military action wasn’t troubling to the decision-makers at the IDF. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos jon mitchell Related Posts The Israeli Defense Force spokespeople behind the IDF Blog, the @IDFSpokesperson Twitter feed, and the rest of the Operation Pillar of Defense social media campaign were quick and forthcoming in response to my inquiries about the light-hearted game that took over the gravely serious blog yesterday. I included some of the IDF comments in yesterday’s story but I want to look more closely at the rest of their messages.The IDF spokesperson who responded to me explained that “[t]he game ‘IDF Ranks’ was conceived and launched four months ago … as part of our efforts to create a interactive community to encourage social interaction generated by the IDF social networks online.” Basically, it gives you badges and ranks for actively using and sharing the stuff on the blog. Not very fun, but not a big deal.center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#War Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

IPL 2011 says no to Ganguly says no to Kochi’s request for Ganguly: Sources

first_imgThe Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council has decided against allowing unsold players to be picked up by the franchisees, sources said on Friday.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly.The decision, taken during the IPL governing council meeting on Friday, comes as a jolt to former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who had headed Shah Rukh Khan’s team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for two seasons.Ganguly was among the three capped players who had remained unsold during the players’ auction held in Bangalore last month. VRV Singh and Wasim Jaffer were the other two players.Later, the Kochi team had expressed interest in picking up Ganguly. While the meeting was still underway, sources told Headlines Today that the governing council had turned down Kochi’s request to pick up unsold players after some franchisees raised objections.Sources said as many as three franchises — Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and the Rajasthan Royals had objected to Kochi team’s move.last_img read more

London Olympics: Jwala-Ashwini out of Games despite win

first_imgIndia’s Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa won their last group match against Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao of Singapore on Tuesday but could not progress to the quarterfinals of women’s doubles badminton at the London Olympics. The Indian duo, who lost their opening match, beat the Singaporean girls 21-16, 21-15 in just 31 minutes.But the win wasn’t enough as Jawala and Ashwni, World Championship bronze medallists, finished third despite winning two matches like group toppers Yu Chin Chien and Wen Hsing Cheng of Chinese Tapiei and Japanese duo Reika Kakiiwa and Mizuki Fujii.The Chinese Taipei and the Japanese team went through to the quarters on the basis of better points.For the Indians, the first set was a tight affair with the Singapore team equalling them for half of the game. Jwala and Ashwini then pressed on the accelerator to take a eight point lead and finally close the game 21-16.In the second game, the Indians were quickly out of the blocks taking a 10-0 lead. Complacency on their part allowed the Singapore pair to make a comeback into the match. But it proved to be a little too late as the Indians held on to record a memorable win.Jwala partnered by V. Diju had earlier in the day lost third consecutive group match to be ousted from Olympics.Jwala-Diju lost their third and final group match 15-21, 15-21 in 27 minutes against World No.9 pair of Ha Jung Eun and Lee Yong Dae of South Korea to end fourth and last in Group D. The win came as a consolation for the South Koreans who are also out of the tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

Team India manager questions Anushka Sharma’s stay with Virat Kohli

first_imgSunil Dev said that wife’s are ok but girlfriends accompanying cricketers on tours is against Indian cultureThe debate of wives and girlfriends (WAGs) accompanying cricketers on foreign tours has taken a different twist after Team India’s manager Sunil Dev questioned actress Anushka Sharma’s stay with boyfriend Virat Kohli during the India vs England Test series.Once termed as the most eligible bachelor of Team India, under-performing Virat Kohli has now come under severe criticism for his Test failure — 134 runs in 5 matches. Many fans and some quarters of BCCI have blamed Anushka Sharma’s presence behind the vice-captain’s poor form with the bat in a series, which India lost 1-3.BCCI’s decision to allow the Bollywood actress to stay with the cricketer has snowballed into a controversy after Dev just stopped short of saying that wife’s are ok but girlfriends on tours was against the culture of the country.”I didn’t know who gave this permission and from where it was supposed to be taken. Whether this was been done before or not I am not aware of it. But I will definitely speak to the BCCI about what I feel and submit my report,” Dev told ‘Times Now’.Asked whether girlfriends travelling with the players on tour was against Indian culture, Dev said: As you said yes I agree with you. But I won’t make any comment until I meet Board members.”I am bound with a contract with the Board.”Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have been grabbing headlines ever since they were first spotted together during the tour of New Zealand. During the England series, the couple were back in the news when it was reported that the actress was staying in the same hotel as Virat Kohli with permission from the BCCI.advertisementlast_img read more

Appeal today for Chicago woman who plotted Halifax shopping mall massacre

first_imgHALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s top court will hear the appeal today of an American woman who plotted a Valentine’s Day shooting spree at a Halifax mall.Lindsay Souvannarath was jailed in April last year after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in a 2015 plan to shoot people at the Halifax Shopping Centre food court.The 26-year-old woman has argued in provincial Appeal Court documents that her sentence of life imprisonment with no chance of parole for 10 years should be revised to a fixed sentence of 12 to 14 years.The Chicago-area woman has provided five grounds for appeal, including suggesting that the presiding judge committed an error by imposing a burden on her to prove she was remorseful and had renounced anti-social beliefs.Souvannarath pleaded guilty in April 2017, about six months after Randall Shepherd — a Halifax man described in court as the “cheerleader” of the foiled shooting plot — was sentenced to a decade in jail.A third alleged conspirator, 19-year-old James Gamble, was found dead in his Halifax-area home a day before the planned attack.The conspiracy can be traced back to December 2014, when Souvannarath and Gamble began an online relationship.The Canadian Presslast_img read more